LIVE STREAM: Schoolboy rugby rivals collide in grand finals
UNBEATEN Sunshine Coast Grammar head into this evening's Sunshine Coast First XV grand final against Siena with all the momentum but the opposing captains agree form counts for very little when it comes to the crunch.
For the first time in history this evening, The Gympie Times will be live streaming local sport. Though Gympie teams competed in the lead-up to the Garth Hunt Shield, they have not made the finals.
The region's long-time rivals will collide for the Garth Hunt Shield at Sunshine Coast Stadium tonight, with the contest to be live streamed on the The Gympie Times website.
This is a momentous new service for local rugby fans.
Grammar eased through six regular season games before dispatching Matthew Flinders 31-5 in the semi-finals.
But captain Hugh Parbery said they had put that behind them.
"We don't really put that much focus on our undefeated season," he said.
"It's not really part of our culture, thinking about that going into the final.
"It's more about thinking about what we've got to do. It's a new game."
But Parbery admitted the school's storied rugby history was an influence in the lead-up to the decider.
They have won the shield six of the past seven years.
"There's a lot of expectation living up to the Grammar First XV," he said. "It puts a bit of pressure on us."
"But it's always a pleasure playing for the jersey and playing for the Grammar crest."
Meanwhile, Siena captain Jasper Giaroli said the Wolf Pack have no fear of their much-fancied opponents.
"It's the joy of the grand final. It all comes down to this one game and anything can happen."
"Enthusiasm and motivation is going to win us this game. Everyone on our team is eager and we're going to leave nothing on the pitch.
"One thing we know we're going to be able to give them is a nice, hard match."
Giarolo, who was part of the Siena team which stunned Matthew Flinders in the 2017 grand final, looms as a key player in the back-row.
Siena also boast Queensland halves Jasper Mellish and Connor Knight.
But the Sippy Downs outfit will have to be at their best to topple a Grammar outfit which have plenty of depth.
Flanker Josh Mostert and inside centre Max Gow loom as particularly dangerous players.
The latter is expected to make an impact off the bench, with a timely return from an ankle injury.
The two teams met twice during the season with Grammar winning 31-15 and 47-10.
A selection of Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Rugby Union grand finals will be live streamed on Wednesday evening.
For the first time, The Gympie Times will bring you the feature games, in collaboration with USQ's TV and Radio Broadcast team, via its website.
Teams from Grammar, Siena, St Teresa's, St John's and Matthew Flinders will be involved in main matches at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Viewers will be able to follow all the action from 4pm, when the first of four key matches will be contested.
The showpiece encounter between Grammar and Siena will kick off from about 7.40pm.
If you miss the matches or want to catch the best bits, The Gympie Times will also show replays and highlights packages.
Viewers need to be a Gympie Times subscriber to see the games.